Mariana Llorens Zabala

Junior Research Fellow

Mariana is a Junior Research Fellow at NUPI and works on the Training for Peace Programme, in the Research group on peace, conflict and development.

Mariana earned a master's degree in Human Rights Law in 2018 with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, focusing on the Law of Armed Conflict and ad-hoc legal measures for conflict resolution. She recently completed an additional master’s degree in Advanced Studies of Terrorism with a focus on radicalisation processes in armed conflict. During her studies she conducted extensive research on groups such as Al Shabab, Boko Haram and AQIM. 

Mariana previously worked directly with victims of armed conflict at St. Andrews Refugee Services (StARS) in Egypt, conducted research for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and worked at the Spanish Embassy in Jordan. Her main research interests include the work of the African Union, peace operations, non-state armed groups activities and protection of civilians with a geographical focus on sub-saharan Africa. 


EDUCATION:

2020 - present MA in Advanced Studies of Terrorism

2017 - 2018       MA in Human Rights Law

2013 - 2016       BA in Politics and International Relations

WORK EXPERIENCE:

2021 - present Junior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

2020                   Protection and Resettlement Legal Advisor at St. Andrews Refugee Services

2019                   Researcher, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

2017                   Intern, Spanish Embassy in Amman

2017                   Project Coordinator, Acting for Change

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